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Police Parade Air Force Officer, 25 Others For Robbery, Kidnapping

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The Rivers State Police Command, last Wednesday, paraded one Mr Wisdom Tennyson, an Air Force officer attached to 407 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji, for kidnapping and rape offences.
Tennyson, a rating of the Nigerian Air Force was paraded along with other 14 armed robbery and 11 kidnap suspects at the State Police Command headquarters in Port Harcourt for their involvement and roles in various crimes and other criminal activities within the state and its environs in recent times.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Mohammed Ahmed, while briefing journalists at the State Command, said the Air Force rating was arrested at a Guest House, off Bitterleaf Road, Trans Amadi, for alleged case of kidnapping and rape of his victim.
Ahmed disclosed that the arrested Air Force personnel had confessed to the crime, and was now helping the police in the investigation that would assist in the arrest of members of his gang, adding that he would be charged to the court as soon as investigation was concluded on the matter.
The state commissioner of police while giving the summary of achievements and exhibits recorded by the command within the last few weeks, disclosed that a total of 14 armed robbery suspects, three alleged cultists and 11 suspected kidnappers were arrested.
He further disclosed that eight vehicles, two AK-47, 17 locally made pistols, three pump action guns, one single barrel guns, 52 ammunition, 52 cartridges, three magazines and three double barrel guns were recovered.
The CP averred that operatives of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, acting on credible intelligence, stormed a kidnappers’ den at Ukpeliede community in Ahoada West LGA, and arrested Justice Chidi and Ngozi Yellow, adding that on interrogation, they confessed to belonging to Island cult group, which kidnapped and murdered one Moses Walter, a 72-year old retired Warrant Officer of the Nigerian Army and buried him in a shallow grave.
“Again, on July 5, 2018 at about 2100hrs, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit stormed another kidnappers’ camp at Ikwerre-Ngwo in Etche LGA, and arrested one Monday Hanson.
He said that Hanson, who hails from Ikwerre Ngwo community, had kidnapped one Bernard Chidi Nwoke, who was rather rescued unhurt at Umuebulu forest.
“We recovered two pump action guns, nine live cartridges, five machetes, bow and arrow. The suspects are helping the police and will be charged to court”, he added.
He thanked members of the public for their faith and support to the command through provision of useful information, which he said, aided the police in the various achievements, even as he promised to deliver on their mandate.

 

John Bibor & Denis Naku

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RSG Moves To ImproveYouths’ Living Standards

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The Rivers State Government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with development partners to ameliorate the living standards of the youths in line with the new Rivers vision of the State Government, led by Chief Nyesom Wike.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Prince Obi Ohia, who stated this at a Town Hall meeting in Ahoada East Local Government Area urged the youths to develop a mindset for positive growth and enhancement.
Hon. Ohia  assured the youths that the new vision policy of the Rivers State Government was aimed at securing a better future for youths in the state and urged them to work towards self-sustainability for a more secure future rather than solely relying on government or multinational organisations for assistance.
The commissioner, tasked  Ekpeye youths to take their destiny in their own hands by creating a clear and well articulated roadmap  for success in various fields of endeavour.
According to Ohia, if the youths must grow, they should believe in themselves and set achievable goals/targets and work assiduously towards becoming successful business owners and entrepreneurs, thereby improving not only themselves but also, the economy of the larger society .
“The Rivers State Government is willing and ready to partner with the youths in the State to change the narrative. This is why we are here on the advocacy visit cum interactive session with you, to see how to provide a platform for Youth to spring on”, he said.
Ohia urged the leadership of the local government council to do everything possible to improve the living standards of youths in the area, adding that they can do this, by providing education and vocational trainings for them.
He appealed to the local government boss to nip in the bud the rising trend of  undue interference of traditional rulers  and community leaders in the election of youth bodies, stressing that the Youths should have the liberty to choose their own leaders.
According to him,” that does not mean that the supervisory roles of the traditional rulers and community heads should not be established”.
He however, tasked the Youths of the Local Government Area to protect and own all State Government projects sited in the the Local Government Area describing them as legacies that must be bequeathed to  generations after them.
Chairman of the Local Government council, Hon. Ben Eke, disclosed that the council has been able to build a Mechanic workshop for Youths in the area to be trained in automobile maintenance.
Eke also explained that the council has renovated an atelier to train young girls from the area in tailoring and fashion designing and that the council is building a Home Economics Laboratory to train women in soap making, hair dressing and general beauty care, adding that the project would be completed in the next few months.

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Ogba Monarch Tasks Journalists On Core Values

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His Eminence, the Oba of Ogbaland, Barr Nwachukwu Nnam Obi III, has cautioned the leadership of the Rivers State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) not to commonise the body but should rather hold in high esteem the core values, objectives, missions and visions that the union represents. 
Nnam Obi stated this on Saturday, when members of the union led by the chairman, Stanley Job, paid the family of the late Oba, Chukumela, Nnam Obi II, a condolence visit in his palace at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State.
The monarch added that when integrity is in place, there is no limit to how far one can go in life, while prophesying that the NUJ Chairman, Stanley Job Stanley will, not only grow from being a member, Secretary and Chairman of the union, but would become the National President, if he upholds the tenets of the profession.
The first class traditional ruler disclosed that funeral activities for the late monarch included a valedictory speech on August 11th, with service of songs scheduled for 12th, while the burial holds on the 13th, just as August 14-20 will feature traditional rites. He said that he expected the full participation of the union to witness in their lives what it took to give an Oba a befitting burial.
He remarked that he was sure that many members of the union on the entourage were not born 50 years ago when the last Oba Obi died after which his late father, took over the throne at a tender age.
Earlier, the Chairman of NUJ, Rivers State Council, Stanley Job Stanley stated that the late Oba was the grand patron of the union in Rivers State and the country at large, regretting that he died when younger members of the union needed him most to tap from his wealth of experience and knowledge.

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Nigerians Subjected To Extreme Poverty, Group Alleges

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A youth group in Niger Delta region, the United Brothers’ of Opobo Kingdom (UBOK) has stated that Nigerians have been subjected to extreme poverty and avoidable divisions under the administration of President Muha-mmadu Buhari, stressing that the only way to extricate the masses is to mobilize all legitimate forces towards ensuring that the bad government is nailed to the cross.
Speaking withThe Tide recently in Opobo Town, President of the group, Comrade Alafuro Mac-Pepple noted that the youths of the country suffer more from incidences of visionless leadership in Nigeria, as government, instead of building bridges of development, has shut the people out from employment opportunities and dearth of infrastructure.
Mac-Pepple maintained that for the past years of this dispensation, the country has continued to degenerate as there is no plan to create employment for Nigerians, regretting that there is no infrastructure in the six geo-political zones, as well as, the menace of Boko Haram terrorist war which could not be curtailed by the president and has gulped billions of dollars.
“We shall no longer watch this unfruitful leadership while continues to suffer the masses of this country they are full of empty and unrealisable pledges, as well as high-handedness while we, wallow in abject poverty in the midst of abundant resources.
The group leader also accused Buhari’s government of being incapable of accounting for the so much money recovered from dubious Nigerians in his anti-corruption fight and challenged Mr. President to tell Nigerians what he has been doing with all the recovered loots within the life span of this administration, for posterity, save and should stop subjecting Nigerians to untold hardship and penury.

By: Bethel Toby

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